Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered:Fixed

Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered:There is a lot to handle for your display drivers to handle whenever you are using too many visual/graphic related programs.When a lot of programs are running at the same time the display driver sometimes are not able to cope up with the situation and stops responding.During this interval your PC will suddenly freeze and then the screen becomes black for a moment.After the recovery to normal you will get a message like “Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered“.I have seen users reporting this error and hence in this Article I will be discussing  about Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered error and how to fix it.There are many reasons due to which you may face Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered Error and in this article we will try to find put the reason as well as methods to deal with this error.

What is Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered

This is a graphics related issue.This error occurs when your system memory is running low and windows is not able to allocate video memory and to avoid a failure it restarts the program.This error is usually seen to happen during intense video game or using video/graphic applications.

Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered:Cause

  • Display card/Driver are not compatible with you Windows OS.
  • Display driver is outdated,missing,broken or corrupted.
  • You may be running too many programs at once which can cause conflict.
  • It takes more time than permitted for GPU to display graphics to your monitor.

Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered:Fixed

Here are a few things which you can try to fix the issue

Update and Install Latest Display drivers

Whenever you face any issue regarding Display driver this should be your first step.Make sure that you have the latest display drivers installed on your computer and if not then update them to the latest versions.You can install a software like DriveTheLife which can easily indentify outdated,corrupted or missing drivers and can help you update them to the latest.

Reset Visual Effects

If you have recently made some changes to you visual effects and from then the error started occuring,you need to reset them.For doing so Go to Control Panel>Visual Effects > Select Adjust for best performance or let Windows choose what’s best for my computer.

Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered

Disable Hardware acceleration

This is for users having a low configuration system and if your display drivers does not support GPU hardware acceleration then try disabling Hardware acceleration.

Increase GPU Processing Time

Increasing your graphic processing time can help you resolve Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered error.To do so adjust the Timeout Detection and Recovery registry value.

Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered

  • Firstly Exit all Windows based programs.
  • Go to Start and search for regedit.Click on regedit.exe
  • Now go to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers”.
  • Click on New in the edit menu.From the drop down menu,select DWORD(32-bit for 32 bit windows) or  QWORD(64-bit for 64 bit windows) and name it TdrDelay.Press Enter

Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered

  • Double click on TdrDealy and add 8 for the value data and click OK.

Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered

  • Reboot your system

The above discussed method were for quick fix but if any of  the above methods didn’t worked out for you then we need to dig a little more deeper.Try the following methods to resolve Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered error.

Replace nvlddmkm.sys in your System File

This fix has a big chance of resolving your Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered error.When Windows is installed,an Old version of nvlddmkm.sys is copied into C:\Windows\System32\Drivers.As a result your new drivers attempts to access the back dated files instead of new ones.Follow the step below to fix this

  • Install latest nvidia graphic driver
  • Go to nvidia directory (C:\Nvidia or C:\drvvganVidia) and search for nvlddmkm.sy_.
  • Move this file to desktop and open cmd.exe(go to Start and type cmd)
  • In cmd type chdir Desktop to change the directory to desktop.
  • Now enter the following command

expand -r nvlddmkm.sy_ nvlddmkm.sys

  • Wait for the expansion to complete and then move this new file from desktop to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers. and reboot your PC

Replace atikmdag.sys in your System File

This is another fix with good success chances for ATI graphic cart.Just similar to nvlddmkm.sys,an older version of atikmdag.sys is copied to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers instead of a new one and hence the new drivers attempts to access the back dated file.To resolve this issue follow the steps below

  • Install latest ati graphic driver.
  • Go to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers and rename the atikmdag.sys to atikmdag.sys.old.
  • Now move to ati directory(C:\ATI) and search for atikmdag.sy_.
  • Move this file to Desktop and open cmd.exe(go to Start and type cmd)
  • In cmd type chdir Desktop to change the directory to desktop.
  • Now enter the following command

expand -r atikmdag.sy_ atikmdag.sys

  • Wait for the expansion to complete and then move this new file from desktop to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers. and reboot your PC

NOTE:- Simply Installation and re-installation of nvidia and ati drivers will not remove the old nvlddmkm.sys and atikmdag.sys file respectively and overwrite it with latest version.This has to be done manually.

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Ashish Chauhan is the admin and creative head of TechChrist.com.He’s a tech giant and currently pursuing his B.Tech from M.D.U university.He has substantial knowledge in Programming .In his free time he loves to watch movies and play Pc games.

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